Livestock

The small holding was started in 1985 as, at the time, a logical progression from my professional study of animal bones from archaeological sites. I hoped the live animals would facilitate my understanding of livestock farming in the past. The farm animals now help the public to understand how dependent our ancestors were on the products of their livestock: traction, dairy products, leather, horn, bone, wool, fertiliser, hair, meat.

Many of the animals are extremely friendly, halter trained and happy to be hand fed by the public. However farm animals are not pets and surplus males are eaten.

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SHOW RESULTS 2019

Northumberland County Show Rare Breed sheep classes 2019
Ram 3rd (Hebridean)
Ewe Best of Breed (Manx Loaghtan)
Ram lamb 3rd (Manx Loaghtan)
Ewe Lamb 3rd (Manx Loaghtan)

Placings in Cumberland Show Dexter classes 2019
Cow, Zanfara Lucasta 3rd
Senior heifer, Zanfara Katrinka 2nd
Junior heifer, Zanfara Coral 1st & Reserve Champion; Zanfara Lucyanne 4th
Pairs, Coral & Katrinka 3rd

Lanchester Show 2019

Hebridean ram Zanfara Morello 2nd, 1st prize in Any breed senior ram class, Lanchester show July 7th (Morello will be for sale at Carlisle Rare Breeds sale on 21st September)

Driffield Show 2019

Dexter heifer Zanfara Coral 1st prize in Dexter heifer under 18 months class Driffield show 17th July

Ryedale Show 2019

Manx Loaghtan best result: Ewe Lamb 1st and Best Fleece
Hebridean Ram Morello 4th

Dalston show 10th August.

Zanfara Mica 1st Heifer under 18 months

Wensleydale show 24th August.

Zanfara Jadeite 1st Native Breed cow; Zanfara Lucyanne 2nd Native Breed heifer; Zanfara Cornelian 2nd Native Breed bull

Dufton Show 31st August.

Zanfara Lucyanne Reserve Champion Any Other Breed

Wolsingham show 7th September.

Zanfara Jadeite Breed Champion; Zanfara Coral Reserve Breed Champion

Carlisle Rare Breeds Show and Sale 21st September.

Zanfara Mica Best Female and Reserve Breed Champion

York Rare Breeds Show & Sale 12th Oct.

Manx Loaghtan ewe lamb Zanfara Kite Reserve Champion Primitive Sheep

North of England Dexter Group Calf Show 10th Nov.

Zanfara Katrinka Champion

York Rare Breeds Show and Sale 2018


Zanfara Mickle, weaned heifer, 2nd prize and top Dexter price of 420gns
Was shown and placed in “Any Other Native Breed” classes at Wensleydale, Stanhope and Eggleston shows.


Full sister Zanfara Mica, born Feb 2019, will be for sale autumn 2019.

Zanfara Mickle

Zanfara Mickle

Zanfara Mickle with Rosettes

Zanfara Mickle with Rosettes

Coral – Heifer born July 2018, red, short-leg, has been shown, registered and will be for sale in the autumn

Mica – Heifer born February 2019, black, short-leg, registered and will be for sale in the autumn

Rory – Bull born July 2018. Registration applied for. Will be available for hire late summer.

Zanfara Lucyanne Reserve Champion in Any Other Breed section at Dufton show on 31st Aug, placed Reserve to the Charolais above the Beef Shorthorn bull.

Meat

There is a growing interest in the health benefits of grass-fed, rather than cereal-fed, beef. Further details can be found on www.dexterbeefonline.co.uk.

Dexter Cattle

Zanfara Kathryn

Zanfara Kathryn

The Zanfara herd was started in 1986 and now averages 10 head. All homebred animals are horned, this is necessary for the historical use of the animals. The Dexter breed is the closest modern equivalent in size to archaeological specimens from the late Iron Age to early Post-Medieval periods. A pair of oxen were kept, who had been broken to the yoke, sadly we no longer have these.

Both the short legged and non short legged types are kept and all three colour variants: black, red and dark dun.

2019 Bull Hire Rates
Baranduin Delta is not available for 2019 as he is out on long term loan

Rosewood Glenkinchie £30 per cow

Available late 2019 Zanfara Rory
Dun, non-short, sire Roswood Glenkinchie, dam Bailliemore Aurora
currently being registered

 

Delivery and collection at cost, to be paid for at the time.

Baranduin Delta

Rosewood Glenkinchie

Rosewood Glenkinchie

“Laurel the Dexter cow fundraising for St Cuthbert’s Society men’s hockey club trip to play in Prague. It is now more straightforward to obtain a licence to disapply the 6 day standstill for cattle and sheep so that they can attend one day events.”

Heifer For Sale

Zanfara Balvenie F55475, Red, non-short, born 28/8/17

Sire Rosewood Glenkinchie M6478 Dam Zanfara Kathryn F55475

Has had basic halter training. Third prize at Stokesley show 2017 at 3 weeks old.

Manx Loaghtan Sheep

alexanderThis breed is part of the Northern Short Tailed group, which was the standard type of sheep kept in northern England into the early Post Medieval period, and in Scotland until the eighteenth century. This variant survived on the Isle of Man. The term Loaghtan describes the bracken brown colour of the wool. The Zanfara flock was established in 1985 and now averages 40 ewes. The breeding emphasis is on the four horned character and the associated polled variant. Occasional skulls of multi horned sheep are found on archaeological sites from the Roman period onwards. It is unlikely that any historical flock was predominantly four horned. For public display the four horned sheep, particularly the rams, are eye catching.

Wool from the flock has been made into our period costumes and is used for demonstrations of textile crafts, especially drop spindle spinning. Fleece is available annually. Stock are normally available for sale and rams may be hired.

Fleeces For Sale 2018

Manx Loaghtan and Hebridean 2018 clip fleeces suitable for hand spinning will be available soon and there are still some 2017 clip fleeces.

Sample bags of raw and hand carded fleece, £1/bag 100gm raw fleece or 5 carded rolags (+P&P).

Lots of older, poorer quality, fleeces suitable for garden mulching and lining hanging baskets.

Zanfara Manx Loaghtans January 2010 Photo © Copyright: Fran Randerson

Zanfara Manx Loaghtans January 2010
Photo © Copyright: Fran Randerson

Zanfara Manx Loaghtan and Hebridean wethers joined the Flexigraze conservation scheme in 2009, grazing on Lindisfarne. Meat from a few of these special, slow-grown, wethers is now available from Flexigraze.

Download the Flexigraze flyer (.pdf format)

Hebridean Sheep

This breed is another of the Northern Short Tailed group, but with a black or charcoal grey fleece. The Zanfara flock was started to retain the four horn and polled characters in the breed. Normally only six ewes are kept, with a further six in the associated Aardskaap flock.

Hebridean ram Gladstone Palmerston with ewe and lamb Photo Credit: © P.R.G. Stokes

Hebridean ram Gladstone Palmerston with ewe and lamb
Photo Credit: © P.R.G. Stokes

The Mules

Frances the mule joined the team after various health scares about the public meeting cows and sheep. The mule is traditionally a beast of burden of low status. Mules were used extensively by the Romans. By medieval times, the mule was also seen as a humble and sedate ride for those in Holy Orders. Frances also appears as The Ass in the Nativity at Christmas

Frances being very patient at the Durham Summer Festival

Frances being very patient at the Durham Summer Festival

Frances the mule wearing her Irish peat creels, made by Joe Hogan

Frances the mule wearing her Irish peat creels, made by Joe Hogan

Poultry

 binny012binny021As a result of the continuing licencing for the short term movement of cattle and sheep, Rent a Peasant can offer the Mule together with Poultry as an optional live animal attraction. From March to October, chicks are hatched in the incubator on a monthly basis, so we usually have some small chicks with cute factor in a basket and growing chicks keen to explore the world of free range. Our own free range eggs and a bird to pluck complete the cycle of the poultry yard. Baby chicks are suitable for indoor venues not feasible for larger stock.

Some of our hens on free range at a Medieval event in Berwick on Tweed, investigating the contents of the leather jack.

Some of our hens on free range at a Medieval event in Berwick on Tweed, investigating the contents of the leather jack.

Fred taking the concept of oven ready chicken rather literally

Fred taking the concept of oven ready chicken rather literally

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